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Publisher's Summary

Gillian Flynn says, "Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today."

Saturday night dates at the skating rink have been a tradition in the small southern town of Heartsdale for as long as anyone can remember, but when a teenage quarrel explodes into a deadly shoot-out, Sara Linton - the town's pediatrician and medical examiner - finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy.

What seemed at first to be a horrific but individual catastrophe proves to have wider implications. The autopsy reveals evidence of long-term abuse, of ritualistic self -mutilation, but when Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver start to investigate, they are frustrated at every turn.

The children surrounding the victim close ranks. The families turn their backs. Then a young girl is abducted, and it becomes clear that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime, one far more shocking than anyone could have imagined. Meanwhile, detective Lena Adams, still recovering from her sister's death and her own brutal attack, finds herself drawn to a young man who might hold the answers. But unless Lena, Sara, and Jeffrey can uncover the deadly secrets the children hide, it's going to happen again...

©2002 Karin Slaughter (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Thrilling and Disturbing

Hard to believe sickening crimes like this happen every day. I stayed up all night to finish it. I definitely recommend the Grant County series to graffic crime enthusiasts. I will definitely keep adding to my Karin Slaughter library.

The narrator did a great job, as usual. Especially the hospital scene where Lena goes into detail about what horrors happened to her in the last book (read the full series in order!).

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Gruesome

Okay, maybe it's just me but this book was a little over the top with twisted and not enough meat and potatoes to offset it. I love Karin Slaughters writing but this one had some female characters that I found indecisive and feeble, not at all what I am used to from her. The last quarter of the book really picked up and I can't wait to get to the next in this series. Warning: this story is not for anyone that can not handle revolting, despicable people that commit horrific crimes against children. I hope there is a special place in hell for these folks. As always, Kathleen Early did an excellent job narrating.

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Karin Slaughter is terrific

I have read 4 of Karin's books and love each one; Kisscut is no exception. The story held my attention from beginning to end; its suspense made me keep sneaking in a few minutes while in the car, shopping, cooking dinner, every chance I got.

I also thought Kathleen Early was excellent. She portrayed the various characters with skill and acting prowess.

I am so looking forward to my next listen of Karin's work from my wish list.

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I couldn't stop listening.

Disturbing content yet tastefully written. Even if I only had 5min I had to listen.

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Very good

This was a really good book. I gave it four stars because the ending was just okay. The narrator was so good. Definitely one of the better narrators that I've heard.

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Rape & child mutilation. UGH.

Add to that, repeated paragraphs from the first book to remind me of "backstory". I found the start to the book annoying and have decided not to finish it and return it. I've read the teasers for many of the other books in this series, and am not going to bother with any others. Or any others from this author.

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  • 04-14-18

A mind bender & sad education

This subject is so hard for me to wrap my mind around. But the fact that it really happens is even harder. Abuse is abuse. Children who grow up being either physically or mentally abused have no reason to see this as anything but normal. And it’s the same with this type of abuse. I could go on with scathing comments but the ugly truth is it happens. Karin Slaughter really got into it with this one and I’m guessing she did some painful research as her foundation.

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  • 05-29-15

Ending??????

I'm intentionally keeping this review short and to the point. It's dificult to review this book without giving away the plot. I'll just say it kept my attention, (although I found most of the characters lacking depth) but the ending wasn't there... it just piddled out....... eh......
Can't say that I would recommend this unless you have nothing left to read.

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Caution: Sensitive Subject Matter

This book is very well written although extremely disturbing. It is a sad thing to read what some people subject children to in this world! Bravo to Karin Slaughter for putting the facts out there. This will allow sane people to be made aware of what goes on in the craziness of a world we now live in!

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Unseen

After finishing all of the Will Trent series you automatically go back to older works of ms Slaughter if you did not begin with Grant County series. If a fan like me of ms Early, you buy all of her work you can get. Eg Rachael Gibson books and LOL from page one. I do use the 1.2 speed to match the mystery. Because l foolishly did not read in order it took me many books to figure out how ms slaughter thinks and writes. Eg uses introductory characters from earlier books and proceeds to use them as the central character years later. Very very clever. Since ms slaughter champions woman and children that have been abused, her brutal description of the evils that are done can take your breath away and can leave you sleepless. So beware. Her newer books Eg Good Daughter shows Ms Slaughter does read fan reviews and can deliver what more squeamish fans “SAY THEY WANT”. However if you start there, then go back to earlier works, you see reviews of how come no graphic alerts?? After Broken l personally could not sleep but since Ms Early has re recorded, she has managed to take some of the terror away, So l now buy only her re record books of this author.
In this book you realize the Grant series is just one long continuous saga of the characters, my fave book 4 as it features Jeffery so much and fills you in on his back story. This is a much slower series as it is set in a small town. You can see the author’s evolution into the Will T. Series hence my title.
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  • 04-17-15

Great Series

I love the Grant County series and this is my second visit to these stories since I read them in the early 2000s.
Slaughter is a great writer and really makes you care about the characters. Audio version is good also, I love the southern drawl from the narrator. Only criticism if any is that in the moments you'd read as full of suspense, she doesn't have any real change to her tone. It's all a bit one level. Which is odd because she's great at emphasising when a character is raising their voice etc.

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  • 02-06-21

fantastic author! I live for her next story

fantastic author! I live for her next story. captivated from start to finish. pure genius

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  • Mr G Donnelly
  • 05-25-19

Trite.

Cliched and predictable. Dreadful dialogue and two dimensional characters. Avoid this or lose precious time in your life.

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  • Mel
  • 09-01-16

Not my favourite but still good

Good book. Wasn't keen on the narrator. Irked me how much emphasis she put in pronouncing the words with 'wh' in them.

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  • Rob
  • 09-03-15

Really good listen!

Kept me engaged and set me up nicely for the next book, would highly recommend but listen to the first in the series first as nice to understand the references

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  • Helen
  • 05-22-16

Bit confronting but a great story

Love these books and love Sarah Linton. This story was a bit confronting as a mother but the story line kept me hooked. Hopeful for a sequel to this one.

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  • charlotte
  • 09-26-19

Not great

narrator was really good but that was it. I didn't enjoy this it could have been about 4 chapters less. it just went on and on

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  • SandyK
  • 10-24-17

Brilliant

Story was brilliant, with lots of twists and turns. Love this author. Narrator great !!